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Brand new week, gang.

All signs pointing to Doug Marrone as next Jets coach -
Several league sources maintain that the Jets will be the team to name a new coach this week and all indications point to former Bills coach Doug Marrone.

Playoffs Observations: Bengals have their most Bengals playoff exit yet -
And we can all expect more of it as Marvin Lewis and Co. will all but be back in 2015.

Panthers 27 Cardinals 16: Handing Out the Grades - Cat Scratch Reader
Joe Velardo provides some select stats and player grades from the Panthers playoff win over the Cardinals. At the top of the list is RB Jonathan Stewart, who created 9

Three Thoughts: Panthers down toothless Cardinals in wild-card round |
The latest NFL news, scores, stats, fantasy analysis, and mock drafts as well as the best NFL writers and photos from

2015 NFL Mock Draft: Browns could target a receiver in round one -
As the only team with multiple first round picks, the Cleveland Browns certainly have options with the 12th and 19th overall selections. And one of those options is to find a wide receiver to either pair with Josh Gordon or take over for him as the team's No. 1 option if Cleveland moves on from the troubled receiver

Ryan Lindley Had the 9th Worst Passing Performance in Playoff History
Ryan Lindley had a very, very bad day against the Carolina Panthers on Saturday. He completed 16 of 28 passes for just 82 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions. He was also sacked four times and lost 31 yards. Assigning 20 yards per passing touchdown and -45 per interception, and including the sack data, this means Lindley produced -19 adjusted net yards. Given his 32 dropbacks, that translates to a -0.59 ANY/A average.

PFT’s comeback player of the year | ProFootballTalk
No one really knows what it means to be the comeback player of the year.  Come back from what?  A torn ACL, like Tom Brady in 2009?  An unfortunate incarceration, like Mike Vick in 2010?  Failure to meet the expectations of being the first overall pick in 2009, like Matthew Stafford in 2011?  F...

NFL family mourns Stuart Scott's passing -
Longtime ESPN personality Stuart Scott died Sunday morning following a lengthy battle with cancer. The NFL community was quick to react to the passing of the legendary sportscaster.

Broncos made TD favorites over Colts | ProFootballTalk
As was the case in the season opener between the two clubs, the host Broncos are favored over the visiting Colts in next Sunday's divisional round. Nevada sports books have made Indianapolis a seven-point underdog against Denver.

Panthers biggest underdogs of divisional round | ProFootballTalk
As would be expected, the 8-8-1 Panthers are underdogs at top-seeded Seattle next Saturday. And as it turns out, they are the biggest underdogs in the divisional round. Several Nevada sports books list the Seahawks as 11- or 11.5-point favorites over the Panthers, according to Pregame.

Oddsmaker: Ravens, Colts, Panthers longer than 20-1 shots to win it all | ProFootballTalk
Here are the updated Super Bowl 49 odds from linemaker William Hill U.S. as of Sunday night: Seahawks: +180 (9-5). Patriots: +225 (9-4). Packers: 11-2. Broncos: 6-1. Cowboys: 9-1. Ravens: 22-1. Colts: 22-1. Panthers: 28-1.

Thoughts from Carolina head coach Ron Rivera on facing Seahawks | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here are some quotes from Carolina coach Ron Rivera on facing the Seahawks, as provided by the team’s official web site:

Pro Football Focus with some numbers on the recent Seattle-Carolina series | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
As has already become a big part of the storyline of the Seattle-Carolina matchup, the teams have played once each of the last three years — all in Charlotte and all tight wins for the Seahawks (16-12 in 2012, 12-7 in 2013 and 13-9 this year).

Seahawks will open playoffs Saturday against Carolina | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Dallas victory over Detroit means fourth-seeded Panthers will travel to CenturyLink Field in fourth meeting against Seahawks since 2012 season.

Seahawks face loss of top coaches to other teams - Local -
With so many head coaching vacancies in the NFL, some of the Seahawks' top assistants have become prime targets to take over other teams. - Local at

New Year's resolutions for the Seahawks - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
With the Seahawks on a first-round bye, let's get a little nitpicky and find some areas they can fine tune. In the spirit of the season, here are three New Year's resolutions Seattle can make heading into the playoffs. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

First look at Seahawks vs. Panthers in divisional round - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
The Seahawks' divisional-round matchup is set: Seattle will host Carolina, which the Seahawks have beat in each of the last four meetings between the two teams. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Seahawks will host Panthers in Saturday’s divisional playoff game
In a rematch of the 2005 NFC Championship game, and against an opponent they’ve played three times in the past three seasons, the Seahawks will host the Panthers in their divisional round game on Saturday.

Regular-season grades, awards for 2014 Seattle Seahawks - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
Hey, the Seahawks didn’t play this weekend! That’s because they earned the NFC’s top playoff seed, giving them a first-week bye and home-field advantage in the postseason.

Jordan Phillips could be special & more on Maxx Williams | Seahawks Draft Blog
Yesterday we discussed whether Danny Shelton was one of the more overrated 2015 prospects. Today let’s focus on a nose tackle who might actually be underrated.

Panthers vs. Seahawks Playoff History & Past Matchups |
The Panthers defeated the Cardinals on Wildcard Weekend and earned a trip up to Green Bay to take on the Packers in the Divisional round.

Game on! Seahawks face Panthers in playoffs | Sports | Seattle News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | KOMO News
The Seattle Seahawks play the Carolina Panthers in the NFC divisional round on Saturday at CenturyLink Field.

NFL Playoffs Quick Take: Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Seahawks - ESPN
Three things to know about the Carolina Panthers' matchup against the Seattle Seahawks at 8:15 p.m. ET Saturday in an NFC divisional round playoff game at Bank of CenturyLink Field:

Lindley's historically bad game helps Panthers. | : Kenneth Arthur Article
Sometimes teams win the Super Bowl even when they're not the best team in the NFL. That's what the Carolina Panthers are hoping for, but their incredibly easy road from 3-8-1 to the second round of the playoffs is probably going to end soon. There are no more Ryan Lindleys.

Dave Boling: Seahawks ‘simple’ defense designed, coached to perfection | Dave Boling | The News Tribune
Record-setting unit is more about talent, execution and attitude than it is about fancy schemes

Stuart Scott, ESPN anchor, dies at age of 49 - ESPN
Stuart Scott, a longtime anchor at ESPN, died Sunday morning at the age of 49.